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Do a lot of people get shigellosis?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Shigellosis

Shigella species are a common cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide, particularly in developing countries.
Shigella organisms are more resistant to stomach acid than other bacteria. Therefore, it takes relatively few organisms to cause disease. Shigellosis can result from contaminated food and water and person-to-person spread (shaking hands).

In brief: Shigellosis

Shigella species are a common cause of bacterial diarrhea worldwide, particularly in developing countries.
Shigella organisms are more resistant to stomach acid than other bacteria. Therefore, it takes relatively few organisms to cause disease. Shigellosis can result from contaminated food and water and person-to-person spread (shaking hands).
Dr. Michael Ekizian
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